|Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus script - TED.com|
Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": How to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script. At TED 2011 he tells how he is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; computers; history; language; science; 2011
|Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death - TED.com|
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; death; history; humanity; philosophy; TEDxBratislava; 2013
|Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story - TED.com|
In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk from TEDxAmsterdam, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; history; life; technology; TEDxAmsterdam; 2009
|Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art - TED.com|
Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; history; museums; TEDxMet; 2013
|Ian Ritchie: The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee - TED.com|
Imagine it's late 1990, and you've just met a nice young man named Tim Berners-Lee, who starts telling you about his proposed system called the World Wide Web. Ian Ritchie was there. And ... he didn't buy it. A short story about information, connectivity and learning from mistakes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; history; technology; web; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club - TED.com|
In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves “natural philosophers” until they later coined “scientist” -- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; science; storytelling; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D - TED.com|
Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations -- but they're under threat from pollution, war, neglect. Ben Kacyra, who invented a groundbreaking 3D scanning system, is using his invention to scan and preserve the world's heritage in archival detail. (Watch to the end for a little demo.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; history; invention; technology; 2011
|Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown? - TED.com|
Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; language; math; TED2012; 2012
|Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman - TED.com|
What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage at TEDxCaltech, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxCaltech; TED; Talks; culture; history; physics; science; storytelling; 2010
|Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war - TED.com|
Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk from TEDxDU.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxDU 2010; TED; Talks; culture; history; photography; poverty; 2010
|Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman - TED.com|
What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; physics; science; storytelling; TEDxCaltech; 2011
|Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time - TED.com|
In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; history; music; TED2012; 2012
|Courtney Martin: Reinventing feminism - TED.com|
Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; blog; culture; feminism; history; women; writing; 2010
|Marc Pachter: The art of the interview - TED.com|
Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; art; history; performance; personal growth; 2008
|Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves - TED.com|
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; evolution; future; history; philosophy; science; technology; 2005
|George Dyson at the birth of the computer - TED.com|
Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; computers; engineering; history; library; military; science; software; technology; 2003
|Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger - TED.com|
Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolfo and his activity during World War II -- using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxParis 2010; TED; Talks; book; culture; entertainment; global issues; heroism; history; storytelling; war; 2010
|Eric Sanderson pictures New York -- before the City - TED.com|
400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; environment; history; life; nature; sustainability; technology; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences - TED.com|
Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; book; entertainment; history; literature; poetry; writing; 2004
|AJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion … we're all invited! - TED.com|
You may not know it yet, but AJ Jacobs is probably your cousin (many, many times removed). Using genealogy websites, he’s been following the unexpected links that make us all, however distantly, related. His goal: to throw the world’s largest family reunion. See you there?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; genetics; history; humanity; humor; TEDActive 2014; 2014
|George Dyson on Project Orion - TED.com|
Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; future; history; physics; rocket science; science; space; storytelling; technology; TED2002; 2002
|James Watson on how he discovered DNA - TED.com|
Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; DNA; culture; genetics; history; invention; science; storytelling; technology; 2005
|William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes - TED.com|
How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; art; arts; book; history; museums; open-source; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting - TED.com|
With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; environment; history; innovation; photography; sustainability; water; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: Capturing memories in video art - TED.com|
Using video mapping and projection, artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo captures and shares his memories and friendships. At TED Fellow Talks, he shows his charming, thoughtful work -- which appears to preserve the people in his life in jars, suitcases, blenders ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; design; history; memory; storytelling; video; TED2012; 2012
|Naomi Oreskes: Why we should believe in science - TED.com|
Many of the world's biggest problems require asking questions of scientists -- but why should we believe what they say? Historian of science Naomi Oreskes thinks deeply about our relationship to belief and draws out three problems with common attitudes toward scientific inquiry -- and gives her own reasoning for why we ought to trust science.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; climate change; history; science; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
|Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo - TED.com|
Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; demo; design; entertainment; history; short talk; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting - TED.com|
When Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? Why is that man … blushing? She shares three stories inspired by portraits, including the one that led to her best-selling novel "Girl With a Pearl Earring".
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; entertainment; history; storytelling; TEDSalon London Spring 2012; 2012
|David Hoffman shares his Sputnik mania - TED.com|
Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the w
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; education; history; math; politics; science; short talk; space; technology; war; 2007
|Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath - TED.com|
It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; storytelling; war; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Jared Diamond on why societies collapse - TED.com|
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; environment; global issues; history; social change; society; technology; TED2003; 2003
|Edward Tenner: Unintended consequences - TED.com|
Every new invention changes the world -- in ways both intentional and unexpected. Historian Edward Tenner tells stories that illustrate the under-appreciated gap between our ability to innovate and our ability to foresee the consequences.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; culture; design; history; invention; technology; 2011
|Irwin Redlener on surviving a nuclear attack - TED.com|
The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; global issues; history; medicine; technology; war; 2008
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|Jennifer 8. Lee hunts for General Tso - TED.com|
Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes -- exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; business; culture; exploration; food; global issues; history; 2008
|David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation - TED.com|
For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; faith; history; philosophy; physics; religion; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object - TED.com|
A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; history; world cultures; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space - TED.com|
In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; exploration; history; science; space; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Steven Johnson tours the Ghost Map - TED.com|
Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; cities; culture; design; epidemiology; health; history; map; science; urban planning; 2006
|Tim Brown urges designers to think big - TED.com|
Tim Brown says the design profession is preoccupied with creating nifty, fashionable objects -- even as pressing questions like clean water access show it has a bigger role to play. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; business; design; green; history; product design; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Murray Gell-Mann on the ancestor of language - TED.com|
After speaking at TED2007 on elegance in physics, the amazing Murray Gell-Mann gives a quick overview of another passionate interest: finding the common ancestry of our modern languages.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; history; language; physics; 2007
|George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me - TED.com|
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; arts; children; democracy; history; politics; storytelling; war; TEDxKyoto; 2014
|Sonia Shah: 3 reasons we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria - TED.com|
We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to its eradication.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; disease; global issues; history; insects; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Doris Kearns Goodwin on learning from past presidents - TED.com|
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; politics; sports; storytelling; 2008
|Brenda Brathwaite: Gaming for understanding - TED.com|
It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Brathwite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. At TEDxPhoenix she describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; gaming; global issues; history; social change; tedx; TEDxPhoenix; 2011
|Karima Bennoune: The side of terrorism that doesn't make headlines - TED.com|
Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities — refusing to allow the faith they love to become a tool for crime, attacks and murder. These personal stories humanize one of the most overlooked human-rights struggles in the world.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; history; politics; religion; storytelling; terrorism; war; TEDxExeter; 2014
|Natalie MacMaster fiddles in reel time - TED.com|
Violinist Natalie MacMaster and TED Musical Director Thomas Dolby play Dolby’s original song “Blue Is a River” in this ethereal duet -- with a little dancing.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; Featured; entertainment; history; music; performance; short talk; violin; 2002
|Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history - TED.com|
What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; language; literature; math; science; TED2012; 2012
|David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve - TED.com|
As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; future; history; music; TED2010; 2010
|Scott McCloud on comics - TED.com|
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; computers; creativity; design; entertainment; future; history; TED2005; 2005
|Kary Mullis celebrates the experiment - TED.com|
Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; biology; curiosity; history; microbiology; science; technology; TED2002; 2002